Lifespan Lab in the News

In women, age-related cognitive decline may start sooner than we think (Medical News Today, January 24, 2017)

Financial Stress Can Make You Look Older to Others (The Wall Street Journal, October 23, 2016)

Three Surprising Ways to Improve Your Memory (Self, September 13, 2016)

Money Stress Actually Makes You Look Older To Others, Study Finds (The Huffington Post, August 1, 2016)

Financial Stress Makes You Look Older, Study Finds (Forbes, July 31, 2016)

Stressing about money can age you: study (New York Daily News, July 29, 2016)

Dull and dirty: Your workplace could affect brain function (Science Daily, June 16, 2016)

How to Defy Your Genes (AARP The Magazine, June/July 2016)

Complain All You Want, But Your Busy Schedule May Help Your Brain (NPR, May 18, 2016)

New University of Alberta study challenges 'mid-life crisis' theory (EurekAlert!, January 11, 2016)

Too Much TV And Chill Could Reduce Brain Power Over Time (NPR, December 2, 2015)

Lachman to receive GSA's 2015 Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award (EurekAlert!, October 2, 2015)

Daring to start a business when you're over 50 (The Boston Globe Magazine, June 24, 2015)

Margie Lachman speaks about Maslow's legacy on the hierarchy of needs (April 17, 2015)

Margie Lachman speaks about Maslow's self actualization theory (April 17, 2015)

Financial Worries Linked to Rising Suicide Rate Among Baby Boomers (U.S. News & World Report, March 5, 2015)

The Myth of the Midlife Crisis (The Wall Street Journal, October 12, 2014)

Dementia, it's All in the Mind (The Sydney Morning Herald, April 20, 2014)

Feeling in Control? You Might Live Longer (HealthDay, February 07, 2014)

Feeling In Control Prolongs Life (The Atlantic, February 07, 2014)

The Attitude Adjustment You Can Make Today That Could Help You Live Longer (The Huffington Post, February 07, 2014)

Want to live longer?  (Daily Mail, February 05, 2014)

Margie Lachman speaks to BBC Radio about Abraham Maslow, founder of the Brandeis Psychology Department (April 19, 2013)

Margie Lachman comments on research reported in the Boston Globe (January 04, 2013)

Margie Lachman comments on Rotter's Locus of Control  BBC Radio (April 23, 2012)

"HHS HealthBeat: Caring Moms" US Department of Health and Human Services (March 16, 2012)

"Mother's Love Can Prevent Illness in Middle Age"  Telegraph article (February 3, 2012)

"A Sharper Mind, Middle Age and Beyond" New York Times article (January 19, 2012)

"Nurturing Mom May Keep the Doctor Away" MSNBC article (September 30, 2011)

"Mother's Love May Keep the Doctor Away" Fox News article (September 30, 2011)

"Men in the Middle: Facts and Fictions of the Male Midlife Crisis" CBS Sunday Morning (June 19, 2011)

"The Myth of the Midlife Crisis" Radio Health Journal interview (April 22, 2011)

"Embracing Midlife Without the Crisis" MSNBC Today Show (April 18, 2011)

"Can't Put Names to Faces?" Daily Mail article (March 1, 2011)

"Researchers: Midlife Crisis a Myth" CBS New article (February 22, 2011)

"Better With Age? Midlife Crises are a Myth" MSNBC article (February 20, 2011)

"Want a Long, Healthy Life? Think Positive" ABC News article
(November 3, 2010)

"Mechanisms of Age-Related Cognitive Change/Targets for Intervention: Social Interactions/Stress" Cognitive Aging Summit II discussion (October 4-5, 2010)

Margie Lachman News from Sabbatical (February 9, 2010)

Brandeis launches Lifespan Initiative on Healthy Aging
(April 2009)


The goal of the Lifespan Developmental Psychology Laboratory is to promote good health and well-being throughout adulthood. We hope to learn why some people age better than others. We also want to learn what modifiable factors can help to ease the declines that accompany aging. We include young, middle-aged and older adults in our studies so that we can identify what we can do to prevent or slow the problems of aging, as early as possible in adulthood.

Our research examines multiple aspects of health, including psychological well-being, physical health and cognitive functioning. We use a number of methods including large-scale surveys, laboratory-based experimental studies, and cross-sectional and longitudinal designs. We adopt a multifaceted approach to measurement that includes self-reports, physiological and hormonal assessments, and tests of cognitive and functional health.